UPDATE: Resort Fire Extinguished, $1.4 Million in Damages
By Wendy Osher
(Update 4:55 p.m 9/3/12)
A structure fire at the Valley Isle Resort in West Maui was called extinguished at 4:40 p.m. on Monday, September 3, 2012.
Estimated damages were $900,000 to the structure and $500,000 for the contents, fire officials said.
The structure was the home of a gym, offices and other resort facilities.
(Update: 3:45 p.m. 9/3/12)
Guests and residents of the Valley Isle Resort in Kahana are being allowed to return to their units as of 3 p.m. following a structure fire first reported just after 6 this morning at the resort’s gym, sauna, kitchen and office facilities.
Fire officials say residents were being allowed to return to their units utilizing the beach access only.
Power has since been restored to the units, but elevator service remains out, according to authorities.
The cause of the fire is undetermined after investigation, according to Maui Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.
(Update: 1:39 p.m. 9/3/12)
The Maui Fire Department declared a high-rise fire in Kahana under control at 1 p.m. Investigators from both the Maui Fire and Police Departments continue an investigation into the cause.
(Update: 10:58 a.m. 9/3/12)
Maui firefighters remain on the scene of a high rise fire in the West Maui town of Kahana.
At 10:48 a.m., officials said the fire was contained to the building of origin.
Nine fire apparatus vehicles were on scene, with a total of 60 fire fighting personnel activated.
Maui Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said exterior fire fighting efforts are ongoing at this time.
The affected building at the Valley Isle Resort houses a gym, sauna, kitchen and office facilities.
The Red Cross has been activated for residents that have been displaced by the incident.
At this time, it is unknown how many residents have been displaced.
Lower Honoapiilani remains closed from Hoohui to the entrance of the Valley Isle Resort.
(Posted: 7:01 a.m. 9/3/12)
Maui firefighters are on the scene of a high-rise structure fire in West Maui.
The fire was first reported at 6:01 a.m. on Monday, September 3, 2012 at 4327 Lower Honoapiilani Highway at the Valley Isle Resort.
Maui Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said the fire was on the second floor of the building and that occupants had been evacuated from both the burning structure and from adjoining buildings.
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